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Big 4 Accounting & Auditing Firms for CA, CMA, CS and Accountant Professionals

The following are the members of this internationally renowned group.

1. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Deloitte - CA Articleship in Big 4 | How to Apply to Big 4Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, popularly known as just “Deloitte”, is probably the biggest professional service organization in the world. The firm was founded by William Deloitte in 1845. It went through a series of mergers and reorganizations but kept its brand name along with its quality standards and company values. Now, it emerges as one of the most successful brands in the world.

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In 2012, it had approximately 193,000 professionals in more than 150 countries demonstrating excellence in providing audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, and tax services to clients worldwide. See Deloitte Website

 

2. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

PWCPwC is one of the world’s largest providers of accounting services. It employs 180,000 professionals in 159 countries around the world. The company was formed by the merger of two large accounting firms — Price Waterhouse, and Coopers & Lybrand. The two decided to merge in 1998 and dedicated themselves to provide services of value while establishing and maintaining good customer relations. Big 4

PwC firms operate locally in different countries around the world. These independently owned and managed firms, like other international companies, share common values and standards. PwC provides excellent assurance, consulting, and tax services. See PWC Website

3. Ernst & Young (E&Y)

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Ernst & YoungErnst & Whinney merged with Arthur Young to create Ernst & Young in 1989. Ernst & Young is a global organization of member firms in more than 140 countries. It employs people equipped with professional skills and values of integrity, respect, teamwork, enthusiasm, and motivation. These form the core values of Ernst & Young.

The organization also values knowledge and skills development, helping around 170,000 employees achieve their potential through professional training and career growth programs. Ernst & Young offers assurance, advisory, tax, and specialty services. See E&Y Website

4. Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG)

KPMGKPMG is a global network of accounting firms providing audit, tax, advisory, special interest and industry-specific services. It employs approximately 152,000 professionals working together to provide quality service in 151 countries around the world. Big 4

The organization was formed in 1987 through the merger of Peat Marwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler. Like other professional service organizations, KMPG places great value on its people and quality of service. See KPMG Website

How to Apply to Big 4 for Articleship?

Big4 in a way created brand for themselves – and doing articleship training with them is much sought after. Usually Big4 would take students who have got good marks and cleared the groups in one attempt. Big 4

The way to apply to Big4:

1) ICAI BoS Articleship Placement Portal http://bosapp.icai.org/

2) Most often the Big4 firms put out the application for articleship on the local ICAI office notice board – so one can apply through it

3) Direct deposit of application form to their office. Its often wiser method to get telephone number of such firm and try to speak to the articleship recruitment dept. In some firms, one can meet the HR people, but in others, one may not be let inside their office! Big 4

4) Application through email

5) If you know some CA who is working in such firm, then that may be a good route to apply.

A few things to remember about Big 4

In India, the Big 4 is a tag for the Big Consultancy firm on a worldwide basis. However from the articleship perspective, one should remember that each of such firms have different CA firms attached to them. It is these CA firms where one would be doing articleship.

Now, these CA firms may have the same name as the Big4 or may have different name. So for example one of the Firms related to E&Y is SR Batliboi & Co etc, similarly one of the CA Firm attached toKPMG is BSR & Co, for Deloitt one is AF Furguson & Co.

In PwC, the firms attached go by the name of PriceWaterHouse and Lovelock & Lewis. Now, even PriceWaterHouse is not one firm – but there are 7 to 8 different CA Firms in different cities in India that go by this same name of PriceWaterHouse! So PwC in Delhi may be pretty different than that in Bangalore!

Moreover such firms may even be Proprietorship! One of the firms that go by name of LoveLock & Lewis is Proprietorship! – but then these are Big!

Another thing to remember, that while in a Big4 firm, at a place there may be 10 to 15 partners, but there may be 70 to 80 CA employee working under them – so its big hierarchy! And CA students may not even be able to meet the Principal (if the Principal is a partner)

Avenues to articleship in Big 4

Apart from doing the ‘normal’ articleship in one of the CA firms attached to Big4, there are other ways also:

1) As per ICAI, one can take training under a CA who is employee in a CA firm. So, if the Big4 firms allows such a thing, then one can do articleship under any of the CA employee of such Big4 firm

2) One can do industrial training in the Big 4 during last year of articleship, as the Big4 (the private limited consultancy company) is eligible for providing such industrial training by ICAI

Induction Process in Firms

The usual way of inducting an Article is interview. In Big firms there may be two levels of interview – HR interview & Partner level interview. In other firms it may be the partner directly taking interview. If you have worked previously with any CA firm, and the CA knows you well, he would not need to take your interview.


CA IPCC Pass Percentage Previous year can be checked in the given article. Here we are providing CA IPCC Group – 1 and Group – 2 pass percentage for Nov 2016, May 2016, Nov 2015, Nov 2014, May 2014, Nov 2013 etc. In pass percentage you can get following details i.e., No. of candidates appeared, no. of candidates passed the pass percentage of CA IPCC Group – 1 and Group – 2.

IPCC Pass Percentage Nov 2014

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Groups No. of Candidates appeared No. of Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  47795  2963  6.20%
Group I  123488  17603  14.25%
Group II  104435  15982  15.30%

IPCC Pass Percentage May 2014

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Groups No. of Candidates appeared No. of Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups 66625 6326 9.49%
Group I  125187 20537 16.41%
Group II  121855 16878 13.85%

CA IPCC Passing Percentage Nov 2013

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  62033 5038 8.12%
Group I  122253 23342 19.09%
Group II  117834 21076 17.88%

CA IPCC Passing Percentage May 2013

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  63871 7489 11.73%
Group I  124310 24161 19.44%
Group II  112465 16675 14.83%

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CA IPCC Pass Percentage May 2017 | Analysis

CA IPCC Pass Percentage Nov 2012

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  51318 5720 11.15%
Group I 100494 25269 25.14%
Group II 96181 20326 21.13%

CA IPCC Pass Percentage May 2012

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  46493 9015 19.39%
Group I  95404 28903 30.30%
Group II  83239 22123 26.58%

IPCC Pass Percentage Nov 2011

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  43206 7422 17.18%
Group I  92908 33109 35.64%
Group II  70259 20511 29.19%

CA IPCC Pass Percentage May 2011

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  38446 7933 20.63%
Group I  89346 29078 32.55%
Group II  51836 14975 28.89%

CA IPCC Nov 2010 Pass Percentage

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  31547 5688 18.03%
Group I  82005 17863 21.78%
Group II  39567 12220 30.88%

CA IPCC May 2010 Pass Percentage

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  20135 2473 12.28%
Group I  52923 8730 16.49%
Group II  22416 3804 16.97%CA IPCC Pass Percentage May 2017 | Analysis

 


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5 Comments
  1. SHIROLE SHIVPAL says

    I have complete my B.com now I’am doing C A atical ship training from 01/10/2014
    Sir I have to join Deloitte after complete my artical Please tell what is process of joining

  2. Anuj says

    I have completed ICWA inter in first attempt with 15th rank. I had joined an Icwa firm after result of inter to start my articleship. I have completed 6 months of articleship. But the firm which I have joined do not have any work now nd I have not got any experience. I want to change the firm for getting better articleship experience. Can I join a big4 Ca firm to continue my articleship as an Icwa article? Is it valid?

  3. Kartikeya Jain says

    I have completed my b.com .I wanna do CA but their is notification to start article ship of 9 mths for eligible in exam .I have registered in direct entry scheme after graduation. I have to join deloitte Big 4.please tell what is procedure of joining.

  4. bhavana sri says

    can we select our own ca firm under direct entry scheme for article ship

  5. advith says

    Yes u can select

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